Video Of The Day – RAMONES ‘Bonzo Goes To Bitburg’

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So since this far right ethnic nationalism has taken a hold here at home and globally, I thought the perfect Video Of The Day would be a vid from mid-80’s Mtv. Back when Mtv would run programs called ‘Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes with the Ramones’. I liked this choice of venue to feature this tune, because it gave me some hope that although it’s a wack af reason to elect someone like Trump, one might expect that culturally we’ll reap some benefits. Pussy Galore, The Gories, and Coachwhips all started during conservative Republican administrations. SO LET’S GET WEIRD! and also LET’S DANCE!

On May 5th, 1985 President Ronald Reagan took a state sponsored trip where he laid a wreath at a West German cemetery where 49 Nazis were buried. This caused a political firestorm and there were a lot of folks who were none-to-pleased, including Joey Ramone who stated that Reagan “sort of shit on everybody.” That Summer the Beggars Banquet label would issue Ramones “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” single in the UK. This scathing single was a departure from the bands more pervasive bop-til-you-drop sound. Although the band has always paired subversive lyrics with it’s cretin hop, this was Ramones at their angriest and most on-the-nose.

Bonzo Goes To Bitburg

Lyrics:

You’ve got to pick up the pieces
C’mon, sort your trash
You better pull yourself back together
Maybe you’ve got too much cash
Better call, call the law
When you gonna turn yourself in? Yeah
You’re a politician
Don’t become one of Hitler’s children

Bonzo goes to Bitburg then goes out for a cup of tea
As I watched it on TV somehow it really bothered me
Drank in all the bars in town for an extended foreign policy
Pick up the pieces

My brain is hanging upside down
I need something to slow me down

Shouldn’t wish you happiness, wish her the very best
Fifty thousand dollar dress
Shaking hands with your highness
See through you like cellophane
You watch the world complain, but you do it anyway
Who am I, am I to say

Bonzo goes to Bitburg then goes out for a cup of tea
As I watched it on TV somehow it really bothered me
Drank in all the bars in town for an extended foreign policy
Pick up the pieces

My brain is hanging upside down
I need something to slow me down

If there’s one thing that makes me sick
It’s when someone tries to hide behind politics
I wish that time could go by fast
Somehow they manage to make it last

My brain is hanging upside down
I need something to slow me down

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Aside from writing about bands for 50THIRDAND3RD, CJDelMar runs the Girlsville Records imprint out of Chicago, IL. Girlsville is home to bands like Coachwhips, The Prissteens, Purple Wizard, and Mr. Airplane Man.
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